Was one of your New Year’s goals to live a greener life? Making your garden more wildlife friendly is just one step you can take to contribute to the great outdoors, so we’ve got a guide to give you a helping hand in the garden.
The more time you spend in the great outdoors, the more you will learn to love and appreciate all that surrounds you. From long winter walks in the woodland, to simply sitting out in your garden and enjoying sight of birds visiting, the more time spent outdoors the better! Although the winter months are a little colder, wetter, and darker, as the spring approaches the time to get out and about is at its prime, and if you want to see the flowers blooming, the end of winter is the time to get out and get started.
One of the simplest ways to make your garden more wildlife friendly is to pop some food in a birdhouse or feeder. Whether you want to take on the task of building your own grand bird palace, or simply wish to invest in a readymade alternative, this small change will bring a beautiful sight to your garden. Ensure that you replenish the food supply regularly and keep it clean and tidy.
Grow your grass
Although you may like to keep your garden grass trim and tidy, letting it grow a little longer is much more insect friendly; even if you only keep the green blades long through the winter. This saves you time and hassle, and allows the grass to grow healthy and strong! You may even decide to keep a specific patch of longer grass in one corner so not to disturb the pruned aesthetic of your garden; this encourages rare wildlife to flock to your garden, as the habitat is one that is not commonly found.
January and February are the perfect time to start planting your flowers for a spring bloom, as well as pruning your garden in preparation for the summer season ahead. If the weather is particularly frosty, you will struggle to grow too much this early in the year, however, with the help of a greenhouse you may be in luck! Daffodils and snowdrops start to appear around this time of year, so if you’ve prepared in time, you should start to see the fruitful flowers adding a sense of vibrancy to your garden. When picking out flowers to plant for the year, you should remember that vibrant, beautiful and strongly scented flowers appeal most to insects who will be pollinating in the spring.
Create a compost pot
The size of your garden may be a defining factor of the size of your compost pot, however, creating this will help you to fertilize your plants and flowers later on in the year. This is a simple task that requires you to not throw your food remains away, but pop them on the compost heap to decompose. These are best kept under a lid to avoid any nasty smells, but you’ll be able to reap the benefits later in the year when your fruit bushes spring into action having been fed so many nutrients in previous months.
Build a pond
If the space you have in your garden allows, a pond is not only a wonderful aesthetic feature, but also great for attracting wildlife! It can be as large or small as you like, and it is good to try to create a pond with varying depths, as this will attract a wider variety of creatures to visit. This means that animals and insects will have a place to bath and to drink, as well as other creatures that you may find come to live in there!
Variety is key
The wider variety of habitats you provide in your garden, the more likely you are to attract different species of wildlife. Ensure that you have trees and shrubbery to provide shelter, vibrant flowers to encourage insects, a water source for feeding and bathing, and a woodpile for other creepy crawlies. Try not to prune these all too regularly, as this can disturb the natural habitats of those living there, however, it is necessary to still pay attention to all of your wonderful plants.
We hope that the time spent in your garden will encourage you to spend more time getting to know the nature around you. Who knows, maybe your time outdoors will inspire you to take a glamping holiday to explore the diverse countryside on offer in the UK!